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Prostitution - City streets where prostitution is last resort

People often enter into prostitution as a last resort. Prostitution treats people as sexual property that can be bought and sold, and violates human dignity. Prostitution is exploitation, and a form of violence, abuse and control of vulnerable women, children and men.

God calls His people to be compassionate because he has been compassionate to us. In the Old Testament, this is evident in the call to care for the poor, the widow and the orphan. In the New Testament, Jesus calls us to love our neighbours as ourselves.

Human dignity flows from God’s creation of us in His image and His love for us. This compels us to respect and uphold each person’s inherent worth, and to not treat them as objects for our gratification.

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Media releases

The EFC welcomes court decision reaffirming prostitution law

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has found, in a decision released Sept. 18, 2023,...

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Billboard Campaign: Buying Sex Is a Crime

The Buying Sex Is a Crime Campaign is supported by a wide range of groups across the...

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Articles

Advocating internationally on prostitution

Why does the EFC advocate internationally on the issue of prostitution? Here's a...

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Loving our neighbour through advocacy

Advocating for good laws is one of the ways that we love our neighbour.

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Outgoing letters

Letter welcomes Special Rapporteur's report on prostitution

Report recognizes prostitution is intrinsically linked to forms of violence against...

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Letter on CASWLR to justice minister

The EFC wrote to highlight the recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision in...

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Court cases

Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform v. Canada

People often enter into prostitution as a last resort. Prostitution treats people as sexual property that can be bought and sold, and violates human dignity.

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Attorney General of Canada v. Bedford [2013]

People often enter into prostitution as a last resort. Prostitution treats people as sexual property that can be bought and sold, and violates human dignity.

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Videos

Prostitution Law Reform

(2 min 28 sec) In September 2010, Justice Susan Himel of the Ontario Superior Court...

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Government

Submission on prostitution to UN Special Rapporteur

As input to a UN Human Rights Council report, the EFC submitted a six-page brief discussing the violence inherent in prostitution and related topics.

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Bill S-224: Definition of human trafficking

The EFC is monitoring the definition of human trafficking proposed in this bill.

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Documents

Submission on The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act

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Out of Business: Prostitution in Canada - Putting an End to Demand

The EFC released a comprehensive report proposing reform to Canada’s prostitution laws.

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